Music History for

July 19


1811 - Composer Vincenz Lachner was born.

1942 - "The Seventh Symphony," by Dmitri Shostakovich, was performed for the first time in the U.S. by Arturo Toscanini and the NBC Symphony Orchestra.

1949 - Harry Belafonte began recording his first sessions for Capitol Records. They included the songs "They Didnít Believe Me" and "Close Your Eyes."

1954 - Elvis Presley's first single was released by Sun Records. It was "That's All Right" b/w "Blue Moon of Kentucky."

1966 - Frank Sinatra, at the age of 50, married 20-year-old actress Mia Farrow.

1969 - The Spencer Davis group broke up.

1975 - Orleans' "Dance With Me" was released.

1976 - Deep Purple broke up.

1980 - Billy Joel earned his first gold record with "Itís Still Rock and Roll to Me."

1981 - "Roy Orbison Day" was celebrated in Odessa, TX.

1990 - Vikki Carr opened the ceremonies for the dedication of the The Nixon Library. She sang in front of 4 Presidents, President Nixon, President Ford, President Reagan and President Bush, all which she had performed for at the White House during their terms. Henry Kissinger, Alexander Haig and Gene Autry were also present.

1991 - Former Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler filed a lawsuit against the band. He claimed the other members had forced him to sign a contract that took his royalties and writing credits. Adler had concentration problems after he entered a rehabilitation program and was withdrawing from heroin.

1995 - Elvis Presley's former doctor Dr. George Nichopoulos, lost his medical license for being "too liberal" when prescribing addictive drugs.

1999 - Dr. Dre filed a lawsuit against Priority Records and Death Row Records. Dre alleged that the release of the album "The Chronic 2000" infringed on his trademark.

1999 - They Might Be Giants released the album "Long Tall Weekend." It was released exclusively in the MP3 format.